The United States is already fighting with the deadly coronavirus which has killed over 70,000 Americans, and now an invasive, predatory insect “murder hornet” a become a new threat to human lives. The insect has turned up in Washington state near the Canadian border, where they could potentially pose a threat to humans and the beekeeping industry.
On Monday, the state agricultural officials revealed the information. A homeowner, in Blaine, Washington first discovered the stinging Vespa Mandarinia in December. It can grow as large as 2.5 inches in length and is native to Southeast Asia, China and Taiwan.
Sven-Erik Spichiger, managing entomologist at the Washington state Agriculture Department, told reporters, “An Asian giant hornet can sting you multiple times and deliver larger doses of venom just because of the size of them. The venom itself is fairly toxic and creates localized necrosis around the wound so you’ll see melting flesh around the wound.”
“What we’re told from the literature is that most people can survive one or two stings.”
“But if you sustain multiple stings, the necrosis and the venom will actually start getting into your bloodstream and will start working on your organs. And multiple stings could literally be fatal,” he added.
According to the official website of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, “The hornets enter a slaughter phase where they kill bees by decapitating them. They then defend the hive as their own, taking the brood to feed their own young.”
Scientists in the US are hunting for the hornets. The hornets don’t attack people or pets until they find them threatening. Their stinger is longer than honeybees and their venom is more toxic. They have large yellow-red heads and a black-yellow striped body. The agricultural body of Washington said it has received hundreds of reports, but there are only two confirmed sightings in Washington state. Officials say they are the largest existing species of hornets in the world.